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Arroyo de los Frijoles Beach

Bean Hollow State Beach

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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  • Bean Hollow State Beach.- Arroyo de los Frijoles Beach
  • Steps lead down to the beach.- Arroyo de los Frijoles Beach
  • The beach is narrow but spectacular.- Arroyo de los Frijoles Beach
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  • The north side of the beach.- Arroyo de los Frijoles Beach
  • Looking north.- Arroyo de los Frijoles Beach
  • Rocky shoreline.- Arroyo de los Frijoles Beach
  • Brown pelicans cruising the beach.- Arroyo de los Frijoles Beach
  • A grand place for a picnic.- Arroyo de los Frijoles Beach
  • Ice plant in bloom in Bean Hollow.- Arroyo de los Frijoles Beach
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Pros: 
Easy access. Picturesque beach.
Cons: 
Narrow beach.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Between Santa Cruz and San Francisco there are several scenic and easily-accessible California state beaches along Highway 1. Bean Hollow State Beach is a small park with restrooms and a few picnic tables on the bluff that overlooks the mix of sand and rocks of Arroyo de los Frijoles beach. This beach is the southernmost of the two beaches of Bean Hollow. There is a trail that follows the bluff north to Pebble Beach, about a mile away.

Bean Hollow Creek flows down to the beach right next to the parking area, and the wide, sandy beach south of the creek is steep and can have very turbulent waves and strong currents. To the north, around a small rocky point, the beach continues for about 200 yards. This is a nice spot for lunch or to watch the sunset.

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